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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using Internet Archive TV News service.


Alex Abdo
American Civil Liberties Union, Staff Attorney-Speech, Privacy & Technology Project
CSPAN 09/02/2014
Lynch: Even if Congress authorized the program explicitly, it is still unconstitutional; I realize that’s your position. Abdo: That’s right. But I see your suggestion. I think that could be an element of the reasonableness of the expectation of privacy. The fact that the executive intrusion has not been authorized by Congress, has not been one deliberated over by democracy. Lynch: As opposed to what might happen if there was a real debate in the democratic branches of government that led to a decision to re-up this program. Abdo: That’s right. But I think if anything, the current debate that’s ongoing suggests the opposite. It suggests that Congress is not comfortable, and the country is not comfortable with bulk collection. And indeed the President himself has recognized that bulk collection creates an intolerable abuse and should be ended.
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